Kristen's interest in art started at a young age, when she got her first film camera as a Christmas gift from her dad. It took a special 110 film, which is virtually impossible to purchase today. She loved riding with her parents to the drive-through film processing shop to pick up her photographs - there was so much excitement in opening the folio to see the pictures from a family vacation. The anticipation and excitement she experienced as a kid with film photography had her hooked!
The name Scenic Traverse Photography came about in 2011 to reflect Kristen's adventure seeking spirit and her love of hiking, scenery, and the outdoors.
In 2015, Kristen's photography evolved to a new chapter - in a moment of clarity she sold the overwhelming majority of her digital equipment and moved to a Leica system for all her digital images. She currently owns and regularly shoots three Leica cameras:
- Leica SL Type 601
- Leica Monochrom Type 246
- Leica M Type 240
While Kristen eagerly embraces digital technology, she also creates much of her artwork with traditional analog film. Her collection of film cameras includes an Ebony RSW45 large format camera, a Hasselblad 503CX, two 1970s era Rolleiflex TLR cameras, a Zone VI 4x5 camera, and a Shen Hao 9x16 panorama for large format film. Kristen also carries a Leica M4 for street photography, and develops her own film in her studio using traditional darkroom processes. Her preference is for Kodak color films and Ilford black and white film.
Kristen is a graduate of Virginia Tech (undergraduate) and Penn State University (post-graduate). In 2014, Kristen and her husband (The Photo Sherpa) moved to the Cambridge area in the United Kingdom, spending three years in the UK before moving back to Washington, DC in 2017.